The South African secret to maintaining healthy blood sugar

In the March issue, I wrote about recent research showing that a compound in red bush (or rooibos) called aspalathin helps maintain healthy blood sugar in mice.1 Now, some new research adds more insight into how red bush reduces blood sugar.

Red bush is a relatively recent discovery from South Africa, and I’ve explained before how it is your best option for healthy hydration. (To read more about it, refer back to my report Miracle at Red Bush, which you received when you subscribed to Insiders’ Cures.) Now, this study shows that red bush also reduces insulin resistance in muscle cells.

Muscle cells make up the largest bulk of tissue in the body (after the skin). So, together with the liver, muscle activity has a profound effect on sugar metabolism. In fact, it’s responsible for up to 80 percent of glucose uptake from the blood. That’s why a short walk after eating dinner is so effective at driving blood sugar into muscles and avoiding obesity and diabetes (as I explained in “Short walks cut type-2 diabtes risk”.)

Unfortunately, certain free fatty acids in the blood from the diet (such as palmitate) can interfere with glucose uptake by muscle, fat tissue and liver. But this new study showed aspalathin from red bush can reverse this effect.

In simple terms, as I’ve always said, red bush helps with healthy digestion after a meal as well as hydration between meals.

For a trusted source of red bush, I recommend the “Red Joe” brand, which I’ve helped develop. It’s sold locally in Sarasota, FL but we are now making it available directly through my website.


1. Muller CJF, Joubert E, de Beer D, et al. “Acute assessment of an aspalathin-enriched green rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) extract with hypoglycemic potential.” Phytomed. 2012;20(1):32-39.